In 1977, Jerry and Flora Komes stumbled across a dilapidated
wine estate in the heart of Napa Valley and saw its potential.
More than 30 years later, the third generation of this family, the
Komes and the Garveys, is poised to continue a legacy of wine
excellence. Together the families own 650 acres of prime
Napa Valley vineyard land in Carneros, Oakville, Rutherford,
St. Helena and Pope Valley. In recent years, they've made a
concerted effort to produce wines using sustainable
environmental principles. To that end, close to 40% of the
estate's vineyards or in other words, nearly all of the grapes
that make Flora Spring red wines are certified organic. Further,
all red wine is produced using solar power generated from the
6,500 square feet of panels that the family installed at Komes
Ranch on Zinfandel Lane.
Each year, the family culls 20% of the finest fruit from that
vintage and sells the remaining 80% to neighboring Napa
Valley wineries. Inside the stone walls of the century old winery
are stainless steel and concrete fermentors specifically sized
to match each vineyard block. Below the winery, is the family's
1,000 linear foot cellar. Carved into the hillside, it naturally
provides the ideal, energy efficient environment to age wines.
Paul Steinauer, the winemaker has worked for the family for
|This quintessential California chardonnay features the bright acidity typical of Carneros fruit with the tropical and
buttery components associated with grapes from the warmer microclimates of Oakville and St. Helena.
|The Wine Enthusiast had this to say about the 2000 Flora Springs Barrel Fermented Chardonnay Reserve: "Flora Springs leaped to the top with this wine back in the 1980ís, and itís still one of Napaís best, at a decent price. Itís super-lush, just packed with apple, peach and tangerine fruit and an overlay of smoky oak. The lush, creamy mouthfeel is highlighted by nice, crisp, acidity.Ē 92 points
|Hand-picked estate grown Chardonnay from vineyards in Oakville, Carneros and St. Helena were aged in three
different vessels: one to three-year-old French oak barrels (34%), oak ovals (33%) and stainless steel tanks (33%).